Does your craft booth need some TLC? Whether you’re looking to completely revamp your space or to add a few new additions here and there, these DIY craft booth ideas are for you! We’ve curated a few DIY jewelry displays for your craft booth design that are both easy to make and budget-friendly. You can get in on the industrial-chic trend with the Industrial Jewelry Stand that’s so cheap, it’s simply a no-brainer. We also like this Embroidery Hoop Display meant to show off favorite photos, but we like the idea of showing off some handmade earrings creating a beautiful, eye-catching, and shoppable chandelier.
We’ve also included some signage and pricing DIYs you can try out at your next craft fair. There’s a reason why chalkboards are so widely used: you can easily change your price or reuse the sign. Plus, with chalkboard paint, anything can be turned into a functional sign! Use this Craft Show Display Easel to easily display your chalkboard signs. We also like the idea of turning a mirror into a sign which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also serves as a unique signage option. Our pricing favorite? Make a Wire Display Stand. We like the idea of using stones, crystals, and wood blocks as the base. Plus, you can form the wire into any shape you want!
Don’t forget to check out our Craft Booth Display Essentials in order to make sure you’ve got the basics for a successful craft booth design. There are a ton of DIY options you can create in order to customize your craft booth to best serve your needs and to best display your product. You can also check out our Top Craft Fair Trends if you’re looking for craft booth design inspiration.
If you sell your products on a wholesale basis, teach classes, and do other forms of business you may have been asked to send an invoice. It’s essential to make both a standard template you can use repeatedly as well as familiarizing yourself with invoicing via online systems. This can seem a little daunting if you’ve never created one before, but it’s really much simpler than it sounds! Here are some pointers to get you started (and get you paid for your work!):
Why Send an Invoice?
An invoice is a tool you’ll use to get paid for your goods or services. Using invoices makes your business look professional and encourages customers to pay you in a timely manner. They can be sent in a physical paper copy, in an email as an attachment, and even through various websites (more on that later). After the transaction is finished, both you and your customer can file it away for record-keeping purposes. Always remember to keep a copy for yourself and give one to the customer.
What Should be Included on the Invoice?
Every invoice is different, but there are some general elements that should be included. How you arrange the page is up to you- go with what works best for your business!
The business sending the invoice should include their:
– business name
– contact person
– phone number
– email (and a payment account email of it’s different)
Details about the order including:
– invoice number (you can generate this yourself but don’t reuse the same number)
– PO number (a Purchase Order number is usually given to you by the customer and it will be processed through their company when you send the invoice)
– invoice date
– order date
And the same info of the customer (minus the logo and website, etc.) should be included in a “Bill to” or “Send to” area. Below these sections you’ll detail the items or services they are paying for, typically in a column and row format. I like to organize it by the following:
– quantity (the number of each item or service purchased)
– item number
– item description
– unit price (the price of each item individually)
– line total
Then add spaces in the bottom corner for:
– sales tax
– total amount due
– due date (for the payment)
You can also include information like accepted payment methods, processing time, and any other details that you think your customer needs to know.
What About Templates?
There is no one exact way to make an invoice, but if you’re just starting out an online template might be perfect for you. Quickbooks has a great free template website you can find online, or you can even look up examples of invoices and then make your own. I created a basic template from scratch on a word processing system that I use frequently. It can be edited and filled in on my computer or by hand when printed out.
Can You Use a Payment Processing System to Make an Invoice?
Yes! You can also create an invoice through payment processing systems like PayPal, Square, and even Quickbooks, to name a few. You’ll have to register or subscribe to this kind of site or system, but once you’ve set up an account it’s really easy to create one. This method is perfect to send an invoice over email to customers who are far away, but I’ve also used them for local orders. You’ll be notified by the website over email when your invoice has been paid, and you can even send a reminder if it’s taking them a while. Online invoices can also be edited and cancelled easily by the sender before they are paid by the customer.
–by Rebecca George
What other ways do you make invoices for your customers?
Does the thought of blogging fill you with dread? Perhaps you stare at the computer screen for hours trying to come up with something, anything, with which to grow your online presence. If either scenario sounds familiar, take a deep breath and keep reading. We’ve put together some tips to help you get over those blogging blues.
First, find your topic. Make sure that whatever you choose isn’t too broad, but have some fun and find something you like! Picking a topic you enjoy will allow your passion to shine. When using your blog to promote your creative business, that enthusiasm will be a draw for potential customers.
Once you’ve chosen something to write about, an outline will make the blog post much easier to write. Take your topic and try and narrow it down to some salient points with which to frame your blog post. You can use those points as body paragraphs, a list, or subsections in which you can give further information about each bullet point.
Outlining your blog post based around those key points will lessen the difficulty of writing the post. However it won’t do much good if you don’t hook your readers early. Make your headline attention-grabbing and make your beginning paragraph so enticing that readers just have to keep reading till the end.
Speaking of the end, be sure to finish strong! If your readers have spent time and energy reading your blog posts, a good conclusion will ensure that time was well spent. Ending with a call to action or a thought-provoking question will encourage your readers to engage with what you’ve written and what you have to offer.
Now you’ve outlined, written up your content, and uploaded the content. So you’re ready to send that freshly made blog post into the world, right?
Edit. Edit. Edit.
When you think you’ve finished, take fifteen minutes’ break and double-check everything again. There’s always one last typo that slips the eye. Readers will take a blog post seriously when it’s crisp and error-free, and it looks bad for your business and your image when you publishing a blog entry that’s full of mistakes.
Have images for your post; readers tend to balk at huge blocks of text.
How to price your items is a common source of confusion when handmade artists are starting to sell at craft shows. Not just business-wise (how much to charge to make a decent profit?) but also physically (what’s the best way to label my products?). Let’s look at the different aspects of pricing- from tagging to selling your goods.
Label Items Clearly
At a craft event you always want to make the price of your products easy to find for customers. You can use individual tags, small signs, or make a price chart. I prefer a chart with a list of my items and the cost, but it’s up to you depending on what kind of items you make. If you sell plush stuffed animals it wouldn’t always be easy to individually mark each one, but if you sell necklaces it might be easier. Make sure to write clearly and have all your tags attached before the show- it can be very stressful to try to label when setting up.
Extra tip: Also be sure to indicate on your chart or general signage if sales tax is included or not in your posted prices. Many shows actually require you to display this information, so include it to be on the safe side.
Keep Consistent Pricing
Another issue I see raised often about shows is if prices should be the same as those in your online shop. There are many pricing formulas available for handmade products and it’s an individual decision, but I would always recommend consistency across all of your revenue streams, including craft shows. For example, if a customer takes your business card and then looks at your online prices later and they are way cheaper, they might be annoyed you were charging more at the event. Or a store owner that sells your products on consignment might attend the show and see you’re undercutting the prices you have at their shop. If someone is buying multiple items it’s okay to give them a little discount, but for individual purchases try to keep them priced the same across the board.
While I think pricing should be the same amongst your various selling channels, it’s okay to have a special deal just for craft shows. If you want to do a “buy 3 get 1 free” or a gift with purchase, that’s a great way to encourage sales. Prominently market the promotion in your booth with signage, and be ready to tell customers about your show special!
Extra tip: Encourage attendance at your craft show by promoting your offer on social media beforehand.
What other pricing tips do you have for a craft show or event?